Before your student leaves
If your student has the program itinerary, ask for a copy. If you have the flight information, you can track the arrival and departure on Flight Tracker.
Options for Communication
Since technology varies between countries, communicating with students can be frustrating at times. Here are a few tips:
- Email - For general correspondence, it is usually the fastest, easiest, cheapest and most convenient.
- Phone calls - www.howtocallabroad.com
- Whatsapp - www.whatsapp.com - fast, simple, secure messaging and calling for free, available on phones all over the world.
- Skype - Download here. Using a computer with a microphone and webcam, you can talk free to anyone else who is on Skype.
- Emergencies - The Off-Campus Programs office has emergency contact numbers for its program directors.
- Time difference - Remember that this can delay when messages are received and responded to. We recommend using a website such as thetimenow.com (accessible site) and setting a Personal World Clock to the country your student is in to always know what the local time is there.
Visiting your student on a study-abroad Program
While it's natural that parents and friends want to visit a student on a study-abroad program, please observe the following rules and recommendations.
Check with your student and the program director to find out what restrictions there may be for visitors to the program.
It is best not to visit during the first few weeks of the program. The student needs time to adjust to a new city and culture as well as time to be with classmates and friends before the program ends. If schedules permit, try to visit after the program is over. That way, you can see your student without having to worry about school and your student may be able to serve as a tour guide for you! If you decide to visit during the semester, remember that your student is participating in a study abroad program. They are not free to miss classes or skip studying for test in order to spend time with their visitors.
Students are not permitted to have overnight guests in their study-abroad residences. Visitors should plan to stay in a hotel or other public accommodation.
Parents and friends may not participate in planned class excursions. These are part of the academic program and not tourist experiences. Plan your visit so that it does not conflict with the academic calendar.